King's Peak Porter | Uinta Brewing Company

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King's Peak PorterKing's Peak Porter

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Roasted chocolate malts influence this full-flavored ale. This sessionable porter is black in color and well balanced.

25 IBU

Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 08-22-2002

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

A hearty pour yields a massive mountain of tan head; there is clarity here, as it shows the deep brown hues. Pleasant aroma of chicory, light brown sugar and toasted bread. Super smooth with a moderate-sized body that holds a fluffy and semi-crisp carbonation. Dry maltiness has suggestions of slightly burned biscuits, unsweetened chocolate, light roasted coffee and chicory mix, nutty toasted husk and a dried grass. Hops are mild and simply help to balance. Yeast throws a small amount of fruitiness and chalkiness into the mix. There's a quick acrid twang in the drying finish, with some light charcoal.

Easy drinking all the way, lots of flavor packed into this small beer. While flavorful, this beer tries to be robust while still holding on to its semi-light character, staying deep within session beer territory. Proof that dark beers are not always heavy and can be very approachable.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Once again, great to see some brews coming out of SLC. This is my favorite flavor, dropped right at my door by, BOTMC, let's give it a whirl and see if it pans out. Popping the top i smell some coffee but mostly a deep chaulky semi-sweet chocolate smell. Pours to a nearly opaque iron river color with a foamy pillowtop head with macro bubbles inter-dispersed. Taste continues with the deep chocolate and espresso flavor that almost approaches Cuban coffee but more bittersweet than sweet. Mouthfeel is thinner than I expected, is this 3.2 beer? No but seriously, with the flavor that doesn't play in alot. A good porter lacking some backbone but, tasty none-the-less.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark color, some light makes it through around the edges showing a dark brown. Tan head that disappeared quickly.

S - Roasted malts, nice chocolate aroma.

T - Same as the smell but lacks complexity. It almost seems like they took the first runnings to make a good beer and then used the second runnings to make this. Roasted malts are good, but lacks any kind of backbone. They say delicately hopped...I would say barely hopped.

M - Thin and lacking body.

D - Better than drinking crap beer, but certainly not my choice. So weak you could probably drink it all night and barely get a buzz.

Is this a low cal Porter?

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Photo of dtivp
2.86/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance was dark brown with a very small tan head, no retention.
The aroma was so slight it was difficult to identify any specific, a very slight trace of chocolate.
Taste of roasted coffee and dark chocolate.
This was a flat light body porter.
Was disappointed in this porter, there are better Utah porters.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received this in a BotM shipment.

Poured into a tulip pint: Dark brown with deep ruby highlights under a wisp & thin collar of beige head. Moderate lacing in webs.

Mild but clear coffee & bitter chocolate in the nose, with a kind of earthy, damp hay smell that I find a lot in schwarzbiers -- too much & it's reminiscent of fertilizer, but there's just a touch here.

Taste starts with moderate coffee that thins out & turns to a roast bitterness that's kind of *just* that, like burnt water. Ends snappy & mineral, mild baked-goods maltiness in the aftertaste. Starts well, ends decent, not liking the middle so much.

Thin-bodied, a little effervescent. Almost sharp, like soda water.

Started with some promise, wasn't crazy on how it unfolded. Not really offensive, but not that enjoyable, either.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sampled with in Cedar City, Utah (7/21/10):

A: Poured a nice deep black with a brown head that was too light and fluffy for a porter and it was not retained well at all, as expected from most decent porters.

S: Not much of one at all, maybe some hints of roasted barley, but other than that, nothing else.

T: Light roasted barley flavor, with nothing else to note. Expected a much more robust, full flavored beer.

M/D: The beer felt light, which was unexpected and appeared to be some what over-carbonated. Should have been more thick. Was able to drink the whole bottle, but was not what I expected and I would not buy/drink again.

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Photo of FishMan123
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from MotMC. Overall, a rather unimpressive beer. I was expecting something with a bit more body and character.

A: Pours a deep chocolate brown. No head.

S: Minimal smell (probably partly due to minimal head).

T: Some chocolate / roasted coffee, but rather weak tasting. Was expecting a robust porter, and this wasn't it. Almost a "porter flavored" ale.

M: Very flat, but clean.

D: A light taste that goes down pretty easy. You might even call this a "light porter".

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Photo of billab914
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured dark brown in color with a moderate tan head to it. The head faded but left some decent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma is pretty moderate overall. I'm getting more of a burnt and bitter flavor to it then anything else. A bit of cocoa seems to come through a bit as well.

The taste has a roasted, coffee and cocoa flavor to it right up front. It finishes more on the lighter side and almost watery. It started with some good flavors but they just seem to fall off in the finish. It leaves more of a burnt flavor on the palate overall in the finish.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability isn't bad, it had some nice roasty and chocolate flavors to it. Unfortunately it just felt a bit watered down and the flavors it started with didn't carry through to the finish. It was also a bit strong on the bitter and burnt flavors and light on the chocolaty flavors that would balance it out a bit. Not a bad beer overall, but more average for the style at best.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yet another beer picked up outside Bryce Canyon from Ruby's Inn general store (at stupidly high prices). Poured into my plastic toothbrush tumbler after a days hiking in the canyon.

Sadly I didn't really enjoy this beer as much as some from Utah.

The smell was a weak chocolate aroma, mixed with dirty washing water (yes, I'd cleaned the toothbrush tumbler, but thanks for thinking I hadn't).

The body was dark and the head tan coloured, low retension, no lacing.

The taste and body were both thin and boring, I could find no hop content and found the beer poor in almost all aspects, sorry.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into a Perfect Pint glass. A fizzy, single finger sized, light tan head formed and quickly dissipated, leaving nothing behind. The body is a dark mahogany color with amber edges.

The nose is a combination of creamy coffee, sweet caramel malts and Ovaltine.

You can taste half & half, cocoa powder, weak coffee and honey up front. It's not bad, but not strong in any one area. Finishes sort of roasty...

The mouth feel is medium and creamy with mild carbonation.

Drinkable and almost refreshing. A little on the watery side, but still a nice, simple porter.

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Photo of CHL
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

It's interesting to me that this beer is reviewed so widely--apparently it's distributed outside of Utah, where I picked it up in a six pack.

Good for Uinta! This brewery and others in Zion have a lot to offer the world. That said, this is not my favorite Utah dark beer (prefer Squatters Capt. Bastard's Oatmeal Stout).

Pours as a dark brown beer, filtering light, and clinging to the glass. It smells beautifully. Roasted malts, coffee and a significant dash of hops.

In the mouth, it disappoints. Relatively watery-feeling, it's also a bit off on flavor. You can taste everything, and it has a strong base of coffee, but it's not as complex as I would hope in a porter. Moreover, the dominant coffee flavor tastes a bit wrong to me; almost as if it hasn't quite been blended into the mix. It carries a vaguely metallic taste.

Relatively light for the style, and it's a very drinkable porter that goes down without any objection from your tastebuds. But I would pick others.

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Photo of Mayhem976
2.82/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Dark colored porter, passes a brown color as I hold my glass to the light. Small head no fingers are present.

S- Mostly chocolate and coffee, small amount of hops towards the end.

T- Semi coffee flavor, bit of chocolate and hops. Tastes very watered down.

M- Thin highly carbonated.

D- Goes down easy, I would say a good choice for those that are timid to try a porter or stout for the first time.

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Photo of templar316
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I think this beer gets the short stick as people looking for a walloping imperial stout rather than a true proter. A tall head leaves moderate laceing and the dark brew shows ruby highlights when held to the light. Chocolae malts and cofee are evident on the nose though understated. The flavor is the same with the smooth malt character finishing with just a hint of hop biterness. It is suprisingly light for it's color and goes done smooth and easy, a great session beer!

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Photo of magine
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured this brew into a hefeweizen glass.

Pours a dark chocolaty brew, with a minimal head and a nice sticky head that hangs for he entire session.

The brew smells like coffee; chocolate, roasted malts and some sweet malts.

The brew tastes of coffee, burnt malts and some chocolate backbone.

The beer has a smooth mouthfeel; a little unremarkable. Almost lacking in the mouthfeel. It is smooth - but not very potent in the flavor department.

The brew is good - but is lacking in regards to taste and mouthfeel. It really comes up short and is almost too watery. The beer is drinkable; but not worthy of spending a night on this brew.

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Photo of RichT73
3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very average, but drinkable porter. The first thing that stood out is the strong smell of coffee. It almost felt like I had ordered a cappuccino with alcohol. The taste was a little light for me, with not much of a bite or aftertaste. When I bought this six-pack I was hoping for something that would knock me on my butt, so needless to say I was a little disappointed. I probably wouldn't buy this again, but it's worth a try. Again, not bad not good. Just average.

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Photo of brentk56
2.69/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Looks more like an brown ale than a porter, with a lot of garnet seeping through the brown; a nice head, though, that leaves abundant lace

Smell: Smells like the spent grains after removal from the mash tun

Taste: Rather bready on the opening and then virtually nothing thereafter; wow, is that bland

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and watery, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Tastes more like a brown ale than a porter and not a very good one at that

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Photo of Amalak
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this off the tap at Boulevard Tavern in Williamsburg Brooklyn. It's a dark, almost completely black and the head dissipates quickly. Very good lace.

It has a slight burnt taste, not enough for my taste, but nice. Sour, bitter aftertaste. Very smooth. But lacks the kick I might usually like out of a porter.

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Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a dark black hue with a 3/4 finger off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured burnt grains, coffee and a touch of smoke.

The taste consisted of similar burnt grain, dry coffee and charcoal.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall an easy drinking porter.

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Photo of rowew
4.09/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, mountain on the label. Date is marked, but no ABV listed.

Appearance: Very dark, just slightly opaque and ruby when held up to the light. Average head fades quickly to just a slight lacing.

Smell: Roast, a bit of dark chocolate and caramel. Very appealing.

Taste: Lots of good roasted flavors here - a bit of coffee bitterness, and very strong dark chocolate. Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall impression: Very nice flavors in this one - highly drinkable with a bunch of different layers of flavor.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I want to thank the Uinta sales rep who brought this by the store.

Looks like a typical porter: opaque brown body with a tan head.
The nose is mild: roasted barley and cocoa powder. The flavor is a bit of a disappointment, pretty tame, no depth, little complexity. A light roasted malt and cocoa flavor. The extremely light, watery mouthfeel really hurts this one. I don't really get this beer. Why even make a porter?

I hate to knock beer made from small craft breweries, especially one operating in what I am sure is a challenging environment for brewers: Utah, but I'm not going to lie, this is not very good.

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Photo of mentor
2.86/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to breity for this one. Pours a half-finger of tan head. Fluffy and clings. Liquid is very dark brown. Smells potent black patent. Burnt roast with some sour edge.

Tastes scorch. Coffee roast is too potent. Underlying sweet can't support. Soured malt, cherry sour. Mild hop bitter and mild grassy hop, but little hop flavor. drying finish from roast grains and fine carbonation on the papillae. Md to md-light body and strong carbonation is fine. Drinkability is meh...too much burnt flavor.

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Photo of ATPete
3.86/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A-pours a deep reddish brown color, transparent with a small tan head that leaves some sticking.

S- a surprisingly mellow nose of roasted chocolate malts

T/M/D-very smooth roasted malts come through up front, a small nutty tone, and notes of coffee and sweetened bakers chocolate-like malts round it out. The subtlest of hop twang on the finish. Simple, not overly complex no hint of alcohol. Medium bodied, smooth and easy drinking. Definitely a good porter.

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Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chestnut /mahogany with a pinky of toffee colored head. Zero lacing & head retention

S: Coffee, roasty malt & baker's chocolate

T: Roasty malt & coffee up front. More coffee, some dryness, & cocoa as this warms. Finishes roasty with a bit of herbal hops

MF: Light/medium bodied with minimal carbonation & great balance

Drinks really easy, a great example of a session ale that can satisfy despite low ABV, wonder how this tastes on cask?

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thin looking dark brown with some ruby highlights and very little head after the initial pour. Roasty smell, but quite light and very little depth of aroma. Taste is far too light for the style. The roasted grain is there, but very little creaminess or depth. Washed out tasting and very, very light. Mouthfeel is like a beer that was partially watered down for an invalid or child in olden days. Eh. Very average and very light. Lacks flavors to hold my interest for long.

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Photo of meechum
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark brown to black with a nice tan head that fell slowly leaving a nice lacing down the entire glass

S - The smell was mostly coffee and a slight hint of smoke, the hops were subdued but there in the back

T/M - The taste was mostly coffee and a little bit of chocolate. The feel was thick and creamy and very good

D - I enmjoyed this one quite a bit and wouldn't mind several more bottles..good sessionability

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King's Peak Porter from Uinta Brewing Company
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